WHO opens EOC for flood response

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World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala along with Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Iqbal Wazir on Friday inaugurated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for flood response here in the premises of District Health Office.

The EOC was established with the support of WHO Pakistan in collaboration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department. On this occasion, Dr. Palitha Mahipala while talking to media said the WHO was fully aware about the devastation of recent floods in Pakistan which affected 33 million population and over two million households. After that 6.4 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance, he added. He said the WHO had already set up 10 EOCs in different other parts of the country “We have come out with a strong plan to support people, government and health authorities to respond extremely well in flood affected areas.

The first wave of disaster comes with very much devastation while the second wave will be the diseases like Malaria, dengue and others,” he said. He said the establishment of this center was aimed at coordinated efforts with all the partners and donors to respond to the flood situation in D I Khan more effectively. It would also help district administration and health authorities in deliverance of needed services in more effective manner.

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